Start Network


Since its inception, the Start Network has brokered relationships between its member agencies, their partners and other stakeholders, to bring about behaviour change. In this journey we have learned two things: that there are many different ways to deliver these behavioural changes, and that it is difficult to change behaviour and institutional practice.

Credit: Oxfam / Tommy Trenchard - worman in Lebanon

We have seen organisational boundaries becoming more porous as member agencies start to share their expertise, resources and people. For the Start Network, these changes in institutions, agencies, organisations, people and relationships are critical if we are to deliver lasting change.

Our change model is built primarily on the need to shift behaviours and relationships and this influences the way we understand and measure impact.

The Start Network is testing alternative ways to create humanitarian preparedness and response and this helps us to locate financial and human/intellectual resources where they can be used effectively, driven by the influence of those in the affected community. By demonstrating localisation in practice, we can challenge the wider humanitarian system and encourage others to adapt their behaviour in this direction.

Localisation has been central to the the Start Network vision since its inception. All of our work is directed towards bringing humanitarian thinking and action closer to communities.

Our work over the past year shows how far we have come on this journey, particularly when we see the way that our members, through collaboration, have contributed to innovative systems for emergency preparedness and response, providing examples of localisation in practice.